Is there anyone looking for horse boarding/training in Las Vegas? :)
The place I am boarding and training at is recently going through new ownership/management and we (by we I mean the owner/head trainer, assistant trainer, and groom aka myself) are looking for new boarders and students!
Prices are relatively cheap compared to other facilities in the Las Vegas area, and the location is nicely located in the suburbs between Summerlin and Northwest. Barn stalls, covered stalls attached to the main barn, and corral stalls next to the arena are available. Lesson/training packages, groom services, and stud services are available, as well.
The owner has over 15 years of experience in the Arabian show circuit, and has plethora of experience in all disciplines.
A website is still in the making, but if you or anyone you know is looking for a place, don’t hesitate to get in touch! If you are interested, please contact me through my inbox on this account, my inbox on my other account (looktheresme.tumblr.com) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I can give you the phone number to the owner that way you can get a more personally detailed view and even tour the facility. :)
This week has been so great with Snickers. A new farrier came out today for him and he stepped into the arena like a brand new horse. (It wasn’t like his feet were horrible, they were just uneven and it caused a bit of swelling after exercise.) Anyways, I lunged him for a few minutes, and then added a little cross rail in the circle and he is such an awesome jumper.
He was so mellow throughout the day. A few special needs kids from the YMCA came to the barn for a little field trip and I was in charge of it. I walked them around the barn, named all the horses, and let the kids pet the horses through the hay gates. However, I saw an amazing potential to brighten the kids’ (and also myself’s) day. I decided to put Snickers in the cross ties and let the kids groom him. He did great! One of the boys was having an anxiety attack and was screeching, hit Snickers in the face, and Snickers just sat there.. Back foot relaxed, ears forward, and slowly falling asleep.
***(If you feel like ranting about how that’s unsafe and mean to my horse and blah blah blah, meet my horse, and have a year of volunteer experience at a riding centre that specializes in therapeutic riding for mentally and physically disabled children and adults)***
I wanted to ride him today because of well he was behaving, and while it was challenging, it was worth it. He’s so cute. My trainer’s big ole’ dog was romping around and Snickers looked straight at her, bent his front legs down, and did his little “Look mom, I was bred and trained to be a cutting horse. Am I doing it right?!”
No, honey, you’re not. You’re too small and too fast to give me heart attacks every time you want to change directions when I don’t ask. You’re an English horse, not a western horse. I can’t hold on very much.
Long time, no posts.
Wow this blog has been pretty dead. Sorry to my lovely, 53 followers! I’ve got some awesome news.. I just bought my first horse! He’s a 6 year old (turns 7 on the 22nd), 14.2hh quarter horse named Snickers. I’m working on getting his papers cause he has some pretty good cutting lineage, from what I’ve been told. It kind of explains why I flew off of him and into a wall last December. Cutting horse, smh. Hehe! He’s had about a year off of active training, so he’s *very* rusty, to say the least. His previous owner (my trainer) didn’t do a lot of groundwork with him so I figured I’d try it after I turned him out.
He’s amazing. Listened to engaging his hind and shoulder while we walked around the arena (he was haltered because he’s still very spooky and I was nervous that I was going to accidentally spook him). He pays a lot of attention to me, I love it!
For the sake of my own guts, I’m going to hold back from riding him for at least 2 weeks while I ride another turn-key horse at the barn. Snickers is very sensitive to leg pressure, and riding him in an English saddle is difficult because of it, and the lesson horse I ride is quite ignorant when it comes to leg pressure.
I’ll post videos and pictures as the days go on! :)
Kind of bummed.
I took a lesson on Wednesday and it was supposed to be at 2pm, but my trainer was on her way back from getting hay a few hours away, so she was running a little late. She told me to turn out Sunny, the lesson horse I’m getting ready for shows with, and chase him around a bit. I’ve been with my trainer for a year now, doing a working student-ish thing for her, and she’s taught me a lot. When school started I would go to the barn everyday after school and turn out and/or lunge all of the lesson horses and some of the boarder’s horses. Never once have I put boots on Sunny when turning him out, because my trainer told me he didn’t need them. But Wednesday he needed them. I should have put them on.
Now Sunny has a tendon injury and I feel incredibly awful about it. I feel like I could have prevented it by taking my instincts and putting them on. But I didn’t. I’m scared. He’s supposed to be my horse. My show horse. The horse that first took me over a jump. Now I don’t even know if he can be ridden again.
So yay for my inexperience, but I need help. I stiffen up when I transition into the canter, my heels come up, and I lose my balance. I’ve fallen off (my fault of course) twice because of this and idk why. I’ve got w/t perfected, but I can’t get the freaking canter! Ugh it’s so difficult and it’s keeping me back. I need help, someone, please /:
Typical lesson learning from my trainer
- Horse: *hahahaha I'm in the middle of the arena by mommy*
- Trainer: AHHHHH GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!
- Horse: *I should perk up my ears and finally listen before mom gets on me..*
- Trainer: I only do that cause he was gelded late and is a pushy-baby type of Appendix. Do that to your TB and you'll be 10 feet right and he'll be 20 miles out of the arena.